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Homeboykris in the winner's circle before he died of a heart attack (@campotres photo)
The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Racing In Harsh Light On Big Stage Again

While the 141st Preakness Stakes provided fans with a second Triple Crown installment of the Nyquist-Exaggerator rivalry, horse racing once again found itself in the glare of national media for a different reason. Ten years after Barbaro’s breakdown in the second leg of the Triple Crown, the industry was faced with another round of scrutiny […]

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Click Here To Cheat? Online Peddlers Of Racehorse Snake Oil Go Largely Unchecked

A plain brown package arrived at the doorstep of Dr. Mary Scollay, equine medical director for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. There was no return address label. No packing slip. According to what she had read online, the small vial inside containing a dark red liquid was “a proprietary formula that is an extremely potent […]

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Trainer Keith Desormeaux relishes the moment of winning the 141st Preakness Stakes
‘Lifetime Of Work’ Produces Classic Victory For Keith Desormeaux

For more than 20 years, Keith Desormeaux labored in relative obscurity in horse racing’s trenches, far from the glory of the Pimlico infield winner’s circle that Exaggerator brought him to after Saturday’s victory in the 141st running of the Preakness. Shortly after the trophy presentation and national television interviews were over, Desormeaux reflected on what […]

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The Stronach Group is pouring a lot of money into the renovation of Laurel Park
PR Special Preakness Edition: Maryland On The Move

Check out the Paulick Report’s special print publication, available here and on the grounds of Pimlico Race Course and at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale of 2-Year-Olds In Training Sale in Timonium, Md. May 23-24. In this edition of the PR Special, Ray Paulick discusses some of the major renovations underway at Laurel Park and the […]

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Sloppy conditions or not, can Nyquist follow in American Pharoah's footsteps?
The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Preakness Now, Preakness Future?

For well over a century, the second leg of the Triple Crown has been contested at Pimlico Race Course. That’ll be the case again this year as Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist makes his bid for the Triple Crown, a feat accomplished by American Pharoah last year following a 37-year drought. However, based on recent developments, […]

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Battle of the Surfaces at Canterbury Park in Minnesota
At Canterbury Park, Impatience Is A Virtue

“We thought the pricing structure in racing was old.” That observation by Eric Halstrom, Canterbury Park’s vice president of racing operations, warms the heart of horseplayers who have long complained that pari-mutuel wagering takeout is too high in a competitive market where gamblers have more options than ever before. The Shakopee, Minn., racetrack opens its […]

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Mario Gutierrez
Between The Ears: Sports Psychology Part Of Gutierrez’s Winning Strategy

As Mario Gutierrez makes his final preparations for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes, the spotlight is on him in a way it isn’t for the other jockeys in the race. Although the pressure of having a Triple Crown contender isn’t new to him, it remains daunting. That’s why Gutierrez says he’s glad he started working with a […]

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Gov. Tom Wolf (seated, center) after signing HB941 creating a new horse racing commission in Pennsylvania
DeBunda, Jones, Sweeney Among Appointees To New Pennsylvania Racing Commission

In February, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law a bill dissolving the existing horse racing commission and creating a new commission giving extraordinary powers to breeders and horsemen’s organizations for both the Thoroughbred and Standardbred breeds, including appointments to the new commission from a list supplied by representative organizations of owners and breeders in the […]

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Maria Borell with Sprint winner Runhappy
Borell, Drawing Away Stable Part Ways

Maria Borell, who saddled Jim McIngvale’s champion sprinter Runhappy to five consecutive victories in 2015 but was fired the day after the Super Saver colt won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Keeneland, is no longer training for the Drawing Away Stable, which announced in December it was adding her to its roster of trainers. Ed […]

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Team Valor International founder and CEO Barry Irwin, former racing journalist, has written "Derby Innovator: The Making of Animal Kingdom"
Derby Innovator, Industry Agitator: Q&A With Barry Irwin

Team Valor International founder and CEO Barry Irwin has recently published “Derby Innovator: The Making of Animal Kingdom,” a book that is much more than a story about the racing partnership’s success with Animal Kingdom, a homebred son of Leroidesanimaux, in the 2011 Kentucky Derby and 2013 Dubai World Cup. It’s a fascinating memoir of Irwin’s lifetime in racing: from selling racing tips […]

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